Jazz it up at the Conservatorium
Music has always flowed through the hallways of our historical building in abundance and in paying homage to our past, we continue to form partnerships with the best in the music industry. To hear some of the most talented and promising artists play live, choose out of a plethora of events with us.
Macallan Jazz Club
The Conservatorium hotel and the world’s leading luxury whisky: The Macallan, cordially invite you to join us at our Macallan Whisky Dinner concept by Schilo on 11 November and 9 December. Enjoy a unique night where jazz, exclusive whisky and delicious food come together.
11 November | Benjamin Herman
Benjamin Herman got his first saxophone at the age of twelve. At thirteen he was already playing on the professional club circuit. By the time he was twenty years old he was appearing with different groups around the world and initiating projects of his own. His fame spread beyond jazz circles in the 1990s when he formed the ground-breaking ensemble New Cool Collective. Having made a name as soloist while still a teenager, Benjamin Herman has appeared on over a hundred records with all kinds of artists, from Candy Dulfer to Misha Mengelberg. Herman has also built a career in The Netherlands and abroad as a composer. With New Cool Collective as well as with his smaller bands. He is a well-respected craftsman who’s playing is firmly rooted in jazz tradition. His gigs are strongly influenced by dance floor jazz, surf and punk music, free jazz and traditional music from all over the world, attracting adventurous music fans of all genres as well as straight ahead jazz aficionados.
Today Benjamin Herman is one of the most original and productive jazz musicians in the Netherlands exploring influences beyond the confines of the jazz world. After starting his own record label ‘Roach Records’ in 2004 Benjamin Herman produced a string of cd’s and vinyl’s. He recorded and toured with amongst others Paul Weller, Dr. John, Tony Allen, Stan Tracey, Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink, Peter Maffay, programmed several festivals, played all over the globe and worked on numerous personal projects. Amongst many awards and prizes are the prestigious VPRO/Boy Edgar Award and ‘Best Dressed man’ by Esquire magazine.
11 November | Benjamin Herman
9 December | Harmen Fraanje
Jazz in our Lounge by students of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Visit the Lounge of the Conservatorium Hotel every Saturday and Sunday to hear students of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam perform live. History repeats itself as music used to flow through the hallways of our building when the music school housed here.
Originally, the building site was purchased for 120,310 florins (€54.600,-) in 1897, and was soon transformed into a defining icon of the city’s architecture, whose development was further aided by the horse trams that began connecting the centre of Amsterdam with the Van Baerlestraat.
When the Rijkspostspaarbank had to move offices following a series of merges, the building was abandoned in 1978. After lying empty for five years, it became the home of the newly formed Sweelinck Conservatorium, consisting of three musical institutes. Some remodelling was required to modernise Daniel Knuttel’s architecture into functional acoustic classrooms.
In April 2008 the Conservatorium of Amsterdam outgrew its home and departed to its current location at Oosterdokseiland. In 2008, The Set Hotels purchased this wonderful building, attracted by its glorious past. In a vision to restore its former beauty, award winning Milan-based designer Piero Lissoni guided the creation of the hotel, whose rich historical narrative is woven with utmost care into its very fabric. The Conservatorium's history has ensured it is once again on the pulse of the city’s cultural and architectural heartbeat.
Check out the events calendar with concerts here.
Expression of Art Award 2019
As well as giving the students of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam a podium to perform every weekend in the Lounge of the hotel, The Set Hotels has founded the Expression of Art Award to give students of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam the chance to perform and compete for the scholarship of €5000.
The Conservatorium hotel has established a strong collaboration with the Conservatorium van Amsterdam; Amsterdam's University of the Arts, since the day of its opening in 2011. The award emphasises the heritage and history of the building, which has been the house of the former Sweelinck Conservatory of Music from 1983 to 2008.
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